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Girl Geek X SurveyMonkey Dinner – March 15th, 2018 in San Mateo!

Girl Geek X SurveyMonkey Dinner

Join us for a Girl Geek X SurveyMonkey Dinner in San Mateo on Thursday, March 15th, 2018!

Agenda:

6:00pm – 7:00pm: Registration, food, drinks & networking!
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Welcome, tech talks & career panel
8:00pm – 8:30pm: More networking!

SurveyMonkey Girl Geek Speaker Bios:

Louise FoxLouise Fox, Engineering Manager
Louise is an Engineering Manager at SurveyMonkey where she works with a team of engineers on all things related to frontend architecture. During her tenure at SurveyMonkey, she also held positions as a full stack engineer and software web app developer. Starting her career as a Mechanical Engineer at Lam Research, Louise designed and tested parts for large-scale production on various projects focusing on vibration and heat transfer. After Lam, she worked at Otherlab, where she focused on low cost novel actuators for heliostat application using 3d printers, laser cutters, Autodesk CAD, SolidWorks CAD, and FEA software. Louise graduated first in class from California State University, Chico where she earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Louise also works on a number of open source projects: Bitcoin Private, Zclassic, and SurveyMonkey related open source projects. Follow her on TWitter at @kaboomfox.

Talk Topic: “Evolving Front-End Architecture at SurveyMonkey” by Louise Fox & Mala Neti
Talk Description: “Learn about SurveyMonkey’s efforts to move to a monolithic front-end architecture with a graphQL aggregation layer in an effort to streamline engineering velocity and front-end performance.”

Mala NetiMala Neti, Software Engineer
Mala is a software engineer on the UI Platform team at SurveyMonkey, with a passion for front-end development. Prior to this, she was a web app developer on the Mobile Team, primarily working on the mobile web platform. Mala graduated with an engineering degree from UC Berkeley in 2013. She has a passion for public speaking, and encouraging more women to pursue technical speaking in their fields.

Shayani RoyShayani Roy, Director of Product Management
Shayani is a director of product management at SurveyMonkey. She leads the Analyze and Collaboration product lines that help customers work efficiently and get valuable insights from their survey results. Shayani has led multiple product teams since she joined SurveyMonkey in 2013. She is an ex-aeronautics engineer, is passionate about building new products at scale and has recently discovered the joys of urban gardening. Shayani earned an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Masters in Aeronautics & Astronautics Engineering from Purdue University. Follow her on Twitter at @shayani2910.

Talk Topic: “Building a Compelling Vision Together” by Shayani Roy & Hally Bowman
Talk Description: “Getting buy-in to execute after delivering a compelling vision to your executive team is the first step in all great product launches. At SurveyMonkey, product, design, and engineering leaders work together to shape that compelling vision. We’ll touch on the process we used and various milestones that shaped the future vision of helping our customers get insights from their data.”

Hally BowmanHally Bowman, Senior Product Designer
Hally joined SurveyMonkey over two years ago and leads product design for Analyze, SurveyMonkey’s analytics tool that helps users reveal valuable insights from their survey results. Prior to SurveyMonkey, she lived in London and worked as UX designer at MOO where she drove design for the enterprise application known as MOO for Business. Prior to working in the digital design world, Hally worked as an electrical design engineer. Follow her on Twitter at @hallybowman.

Jessica Egoyibo MongJessica Egoyibo Mong, Senior Software Engineer
Jessica is a senior software engineer on the Machine Learning Engineering team at SurveyMonkey. She also oversees the technical talks program, jointly manages the engineering internship program, and co-leads the Women in Engineering group. Jessica is a 2014 White House Initiative on HBCUs All-Star, a Hackbright alum (Summer 2013) and CODE2040 alum (Summer 2014). She has served on the leadership team of the Silicon Valley local chapter of the Anita Borg Institute and is a member of /dev/color. Jessica earned her B.S. in Computer Engineering from Claflin University in South Carolina.

Talk Topic: “Quick Peek into SurveyMonkey’s Machine Learning Ecosystem” by Jessica Egoyibo Mong
Talk Description: “In 2017, SurveyMonkey received over 12 billion individual responses from over 17 million surveys. Learn how SurveyMonkey is harnessing this data to deliver an intuitive and safe platform for users.”

Robin DucotRobin Ducot, Chief Technology Officer
Robin joined SurveyMonkey in October 2017. She leads the company’s engineering function and works closely with product, design, and data teams to help define our technical product vision. Previously, Robin spent five years as Senior Vice President of Product Engineering at DocuSign where she scaled the engineering team into a high-velocity streamlined organization using scaled agile framework, moved the product to a multi-product platform with a service-oriented architecture, and shifted the organization to a continuous integration delivery model. Prior to that, she was the Vice President of Engineering at Eventbrite responsible for delivery of their platform and building out a complete engineering organization with extremely high staffing standards. Robin earned her BS in Computer Science from University of Massachusetts, Boston. Follow her on Twitter at @rducot.

Robin Ducot is moderating a career panel at Girl Geek X SurveyMonkey Dinner.

Erica Weiss TjaderErica Weiss Tjader, VP of Product Design
Erica is the VP of product design at SurveyMonkey. She joined the company in 2017 with the mission to make design a competitive advantage for SurveyMonkey. Previously, Erica spent six years at Quantcast as the Director of Product Design, where she was responsible for building the design and research functions. Prior to that, she was an Interaction Designer and User Researcher at Move, eBay and Yahoo. Erica earned a B.S. in Cognitive Science and B.A. in Communication Studies from UCLA. She is passionate about great product design, career development, and California sun. Follow her on Twitter at @ericatjader.

Erica Weiss Tjader is on a career panel at Girl Geek X SurveyMonkey Dinner.

Deepti PatibandlaDeepti Patibandla, Senior Director of Product Management
Deepti is a senior engineering manager at SurveyMonkey. She manages the survey creation and the survey taking experience teams, which account for more than 9 million responses in a day. Prachi earned a Master’s in Computer Science from USC. Prachi contributes her growth to being curious and asking questions while being an active listener, which are both essential to effective Communication. Follow her on Twitter at @olipeno.

Prachi Sakharkar is on a career panel at Girl Geek X SurveyMonkey Dinner.

Phuong TrangPhuong Trang, Director of Program Management
Phuong leads the technical program management team and is responsible for planning and delivery of SurveyMonkey product roadmap. She has over 15 years of experience working in high tech, leading teams to deliver complex cross-functional programs. Previously, Phuong was at Shutterfly where she was responsible for the execution of TinyPrints and Wedding Paper Divas strategy. Before Shutterfly, Phuong spent six years at Intuit on the small business division and web center of excellence teams and held roles in both program management and engineering. She has a passion for operational excellence, building high functioning teams while creating a collaborative culture.

Phuong Trang is on a career panel at Girl Geek X SurveyMonkey Dinner.

Prachi SakharkarPrachi Sakharkar, Senior Engineering Manager
Prachi is a senior engineering manager at SurveyMonkey. She manages the survey creation and the survey taking experience teams, which account for more than 9 million responses in a day. Prachi earned a Master’s in Computer Science from USC. Prachi contributes her growth to being curious and asking questions while being an active listener, which are both essential to effective Communication. Follow her on Twitter at @olipeno.

Prachi Sakharkar is on a career panel at Girl Geek X SurveyMonkey Dinner.

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About SurveyMonkey:

WSurveyMonkey’s 650+ employees throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific are dedicated to powering the curious.

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets go onsale on Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 on Eventbrite.

Girl Geek X Lever Dinner – March 7th, 2018 in San Francisco!

Girl Geek X Lever Dinner

Join the “Leverettes” for our first Girl Geek X Lever Dinner on March 7th in downtown San Francisco! We’ll talk about how design thinking frames everything we do, why Lever builds on operational transform, using Elasticsearch, the challenges with APIs, our worst interview experiences, and the times we’ve broken production (it happens to the best of us).

Speakers include Lever CEO & Co-Founder, Sarah Nahm, Engineering Manager Rachael Stedman, Backend Engineer Mica Swyers, and Full-Stack Product Engineers, Emily Shenfield, Kate Reading, Leslie Kim, Melissa Skevington, and Jen Wei.

Agenda:

6:00pm – 6:45pm: Doors Open & Bites Served
6:45pm – 7:45pm: Welcome & Lightning Talks
7:45pm – 8:00pm: Leverettes Panel
8:00pm – 9:00pm: Hangout

Lever Girl Geek Speaker Bios:

Sarah NahmSarah Nahm, Founder & CEO
Sarah is the CEO and founder of Lever. She steers Lever’s design-driven approach and leads our mission to put talent and teams at the center of organizations. Prior to Lever, Sarah worked at Google on initiatives as diverse as leading the growth of the Chrome browser from launch to over 150M active users, to speech writing for Marissa Mayer. A self-taught programmer, Sarah received her BS in engineering and product design from Stanford University, where she occasionally returns to coach design students at Stanford’s d.school. Follow her on Twitter at @srhnhm.

Rachael StedmanRachael Stedman, Engineering Manager
Rachael is Lever’s Engineering Manager for Backend and Infrastructure. She spends a lot of time thinking about how Lever’s growing engineering team can work better together and be more inclusive. Prior to joining the team, she developed an expense tracking app in Intuit’s innovation lab and determined the product management strategy for Google TV media devices playback. She spent some time in Australia getting to know the startup community down under. Follow her on Twitter at @rkstedman.

Melissa SkevingtonMelissa Skevington, Product Engineer
Melissa is a product engineer at Lever. In February 2012, Melissa became the first female support engineer at Dropbox. After learning the product inside and out, she decided to continue learning to code in order to have a bigger impact on a product. Since then, Melissa has gained a breadth of product engineering experience from web development for a small YC startup to building backend services for Hipmunk. Follow her on Twitter at @mskeving.

Leslie KimLeslie Kim, Product Engineer
Leslie is a product engineer at Lever. She has worked in several different industries including film, standup comedy, teaching and real estate before going back to school to become a software engineer. Lever was Leslie’s first engineering job after finishing school. Starting out as an intern, Leslie joined full time after 3 months.

Kate ReadingKate Reading, Product Engineer
Kate is a product engineer at Lever. After 13 years building security software for the federal government, she came to Lever to be part of a team and learn a new stack. She loves bringing order to chaos – in code, in whiteboarding system design, and in team retrospectives. Follow her on Twitter at @katerita.

Jen WeiJen Wei, Product Engineer
Jen is a product engineer at Lever. She was Lever’s first intern and set the bar for all future interns! She just graduated from Olin with a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Previously, Jen also interned on the maps team at Tableau, 3D Robotics, and Boosted Boards. She was also a Student VC at Rough Draft Ventures.

Mica SwyersMica Swyers, Backend Systems Engineer
Mica joins the Lever engineering team as a backend systems engineer after almost four years fighting spam and fraud at Eventbrite. Before learning to code, she racked up graduate degrees in unrelated subjects. In her free time, she is an aggressive taker-on of hobbies and makes questionable media choices. Follow her on Twitter at @micaswyers.

Emily ShenfieldEmily Shenfield, Product Engineer
Emily is a product engineer at Lever. She is an actress turned teacher turned engineer who enjoys thinking about the way things work together – be it code or people. Probably in part due to her time working with 7 year olds, Emily brings a special talent for staying positive. Recently, she’s worked extensively on expanding Lever’s integrations and would love to talk to you about APIs. Follow her on Twitter at @ememshen.

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About Lever:

We founded Lever in 2012 to tackle the most strategic challenge that companies face: how to grow their teams. We’re injecting the values we respect – collaboration, transparency, and humanity – into our software and re-imagining how organizations can think about growth, with talent and teamwork at the center.

Our team strives to set a new bar for enterprise software with modern, well-designed, real-time apps. As the applicant tracking system of choice for Netflix, Lyft, Eventbrite, Cirque Du SoleiI, ClearSlide, change.org, and thousands more leading companies, Lever means you hire the best by hiring together.

We are committed to building a team culture that celebrates diversity and inclusion and builds with empathy

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets go onsale on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 on Eventbrite.

Girl Geek X Optimizely Dinner – March 1st, 2018 in San Francisco!

Girl Geek X Optimizely Dinner

You are invited to Girl Geek X Optimizely Dinner on Thursday, March 1st, 2018 at Optimizely’s office in San Francisco!

We will participate in icebreaker activities — meet fellow women in tech over dinner and drinks! Then we will ask the panel of Optimizely women questions on problem solving, feedback, mentorship, and productivity — from marketing, success, engineering, and sales!

Agenda:

5:30pm – 6:30pm: Registration, Food & Drinks
6:30pm – 7:30pm: Panel Discussion
7:30pm – 8:00pm: Networking & More Food!

Optimizely Girl Geek Speaker Bios:

Brigitte DonnerBrigitte Donner, VP Product Marketing
Brigitte is the VP of Product Marketing at Optimizely and brings a wealth of knowledge across all disciplines of Marketing with responsibility for product marketing and events and sponsorships. As Optimizely’s head of product marketing, she creates compelling narratives and customer success stories that drive a market-moving product. Prior to Optimizely, Brigitte served as the VP of Marketing at Campaign Monitor, and spent many years at Salesforce as Senior Director of Product Marketing where she focused on Marketing, Service, and HR products. There she created effective messaging, drove product launches, and evangelized customer success through on-stage presentations and demos. Brigitte is an energetic and passionate marketer with a solid track record developing successful go-to-market strategies and product messaging for startups and Fortune 500s. She holds an MBA from the Darden School of Business (University of Virginia) and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley. In her spare time, Brigitte plays water polo for the Olympic Club and enjoys a fancy dress party! Follow her on Twitter at @bcdonner.

Jennifer RuthJennifer Ruth, VP Customer Success
Jennifer is VP of Customer Success at Optimizely. Her team is committed to making their customers’ experimentation programs wildly successful by driving product adoption, delivering thought leadership and advocating on behalf of customers inside Optimizely. Prior to Optimizely, Jennifer led the Adobe Customer Success Team in Asia-Pacific. She has worked in investment banking, marketing, finance and SAAS, and served as an United States Peace Corps volunteer. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Washington University, St. Louis.

Elizabeth EadyElizabeth Eady, Engineering Manager, DevOps
Elizabeth has applied her bias towards clear concise communication and shared understanding of fundamentals from her time studying Mathematics at UC Berkeley to learning about systems theory and Devops since 2013. Her core motivation is enabling her coworkers to do the best job they can as themselves. She is doing just that as the contributing manager for the Engineers for Engineers team at Optimizely, responsible for improving the productivity and quality of the entire engineering team. Before Optimizely, she led the Nuna Inc’s Infrastructure Engineering team Inc on a variety of projects, from data warehouse migrations to data distribution efforts on behalf of the US government. Outside of work, Elizabeth is an armchair mathematician, freelance artist, and occasional cat impersonator.

Neha SinglaNeha Singla, Engineering Manager, Application Backend
Neha heads up the Application Backend team at Optimizely where she’s been for 5 years. Her kickass team powers all the account data that customers see on Optimizely. After receiving her masters degree from Italy, Neha worked at Microsoft for 5 years before coming to Optimizely. Neha believes in leading by example. She’s excited about bringing Girl Geek to Optimizely for the 3rd time. In her free time, she loves traveling, painting and plotting monthly pictures of her baby.

Heather HargreavesHeather Hargreaves, Solutions Engineer
Heather is a Solutions Engineer at Optimizely. She works exclusively with the sales team to ensure potential customers are confident leveraging Optimizely across their tech stack. Prior to Optimizely, she worked in sales at MuleSoft and received a scholarship from Lesbians Who Tech to attend a coding boot camp in Utah. She earned her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley where she was recruited to be a Division I athlete. While she does not row after medaling at NCAAs and winning conference championships she stays competitive by hustling pool tables around the city and getting on the leaderboard at spin class.

Greeshma YellareddyGreeshma Yellareddy, Performance Engineer
Greeshma is a Performance Engineer at Optimizely. She focuses on Javascript performance at Optimizely. Before Optimizely, she worked as a compiler engineer and hardware engineer, always focussing on performance/efficiency. In her free time, she likes to travel, backpack and write.

Jessica ChongJessica Chong, Software Engineer
Jessica is a frontend engineer. She joined Optimizely via the I/Own It scholarship, which she helped run again this past year. Prior to working as a software engineer, Jessica worked at a nonprofit, a publishing company, a digital agency, and spent several years writing, designing, and building websites for clients ranging from an MMA judging app to a fish restaurant. (She has worn many hats indeed!) She enjoys knitting, reading, drawing, and exploring. She studied Geography at Vassar. Follow her on Twitter at @crocophant.

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About Optimizely:

Be brave, experiment everywhere, and transform your customer experience with Optimizely.

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets go onsale on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 on Eventbrite.

Girl Geek X Amazon Dinner – February 27th, 2018 in Sunnyvale!

Girl Geek X Amazon Dinner

You’re invited to a Girl Geek X Amazon Lab126 Dinner at our office in Sunnyvale on February 27th, 2018. Join us for an exciting evening featuring lightening talks and a panel discussion by our women in tech, delicious food and drink, cool swag, demos, and a raffle!

Our speakers and panelists include women from an Amazon Devices New Initiative team as well as from various Alexa teams. We’ll talk about the devices which have come from Lab126 including the Fire Tablet, Fire TV, Kindle e-readers, and Alexa devices. We will also discuss how we bring devices to the market from concept to launch, Amazon’s product management process, and the challenges and fun aspects of working in a fast pace environment to continually add new features and improve software quality.

Agenda:

6:00pm – 7:00pm: Registration & Food & Drinks & Networking
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Welcome & Talks
8:00pm – 8:30pm: Panel Discussion & Q&A
8:30pm – 9:00pm: Raffle & Networking

Amazon Girl Geek Speaker Bios & Talks:

Heidi SchubertHeidi Schubert, Senior Software Development Manager – Amazon Devices New Initiative
Heidi is a Senior Software Development Manager on an Amazon Devices New Initiative team. Heidi joined Lab126 five years ago to manage the developer tools team for tablets and the Fire Phone. Since then she has led several different areas within Fire OS including DevOps and QA. Prior to joining Amazon, Heidi was a Director of Research at Real-Time Innovations (RTI). RTI develops real-time publish-subscribe middleware. Heidi held multiple different positions at RTI over ten years including consulting on autonomous systems, software development, and research into safety-critical software. Heidi holds a Ph.D. from Stanford in Aerospace Engineering, and her Ph.D. thesis was on the control of flexible space-based robotic manipulators. Follow her on Twitter at @srhnhm.

Heidi Schubert’s Talk Description: Amazon Lab 126 released the first Fire Tablet in 2011 and the first Fire TV in 2014. Since then, one or models have been released each year. The software team builds new features for each new product, and makes the new software available on existing products. This talk will review some of the software innovations that were done on these products, and the different software teams that contribute to the products including Fire OS. Heidi will talk about how the software teams can add new features, support a fast pace, and continually improve software quality.

Latha RamananLatha Ramanan, Principal Product Manager – Alexa
Latha is a Principal Product Manager (Technical) with the Alexa Experiences and Devices team. Latha joined Lab126 3.5 years ago to develop Fire Phones. She moved to Alexa group and worked on bringing intuitive core user experiences to Alexa display devices such as Echo Show and Echo Spot. She was the lead product manager for the recently launched Echo Spot managing both hardware and software product decisions. She is now focused on bringing up new services for Alexa display devices. Prior to joining Amazon, Latha was a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Intel working with third party customers and ecosystem partners to bring Intel mobile phones and tablets to market. She spent most of her 14 years working on Mobile/Wireless ecosystem, software strategy and ecosystem enabling in the Mobile wireless space in various positions like software engineer, technical enabling, solutions manager, Strategy Planner and Product manager. She started her career as a software engineer working on Linux client and Windows server to bring Internet Set-top box to clients in Spain back in 2001. She has a Master’s in Computer Science and an MBA.

Savitha GoudaSavitha Gouda, Senior Technical Program Manager – Alexa
Savitha is a Senior Technical Program Manager in the Alexa AVS Certification team. Savitha joined AVS a year ago to manage the Certification Program for 3P products comes with AVS integration. Since then she is involved in building team and have certified hundreds of products and most of them are launched in Market too. Prior to joining Amazon, Savitha was a Principal TPM at LG electronics managing WebOS releases for various LG business units like Signage, TV, H&A, Mobile. Savitha held multiple different positions in consulting companies like TCS, Accenture and product development roles at SAP over ten years including developer, SDM, Architect, Director in ERP/CRM/on-demand product development; She has mixed background of consulting and product development. Savitha holds a Master’s degree in computer application, and various project management certifications like PMP, PMI-ACP, PSM.

Talk Description for Latha Ramanan and Savitha Gouda (Co-Presenters): The first Alexa device was introduced for invite only to customers in November 2014. We have since then released many successful Alexa devices in the market. We will discuss a brief history on Alexa; how we bring these devices to the market from concept to launch, and talk about Amazon’s product management process. In addition, we will also talk about how we work with Alexa to third party customers.

Monica JoshiMonica Joshi, Senior Software Development Manager – Amazon Devices New Initiative
Monica is a Senior Software Development Manager an Amazon Devices New Initiative team. Monica joined Lab126 five years ago to manage the embedded software feature team on the Kindle eReader products –Paperwhite, Voyage and Oasis and. She also led the embedded platform team that built the Echo Dot product. Prior to Amazon, Monica held multiple leadership positions at Cisco Systems, building enterprise networking Ethernet switching products like the Catalyst 2900/3500 series. Monica has a Master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering degree from Utah State University and an under graduate degree in Electrical Engineering from India.

Talk Description for Monica Joshi: She will be giving an overview of the Kindle eReader products and the engineering technologies behind it. Monica will also cover the challenges and fun aspects of working in the embedded software development space and unique aspects of what it means at Amazon Lab126.

Anna ToAnna To, Principal Technical Program Manager – Alexa OS
Anna is a Principal Technical Program Manager on the Alexa OS team. She joined Amazon in June 2016. She worked with product management teams, user experience teams & engineering teams to launch Echo Show & Echo Spot, the new multi-modal Alexa device with features including video calling, video flash briefing and Alexa photo. She is part of the core team delivering the Multi Room Audio and Echo Spatial Perception features for Alexa customers. Prior to joining Amazon, she led engineering teams to build development platform for thousands of data storage engineers in Netapp for 5 years. Anna grew up in Hong Kong and moved to United States for her Master’s in Computer Science in University of Southern California. She started her tech career as a software engineer in the telecommunication industry and worked on different areas including router OS and state of the art video conferencing product in Cisco. Anna is also an avid skier, mother of two boys and is in active exploration of mindfulness.

Ambika PajjuriAmbika Pajjuri, Senior Product Manager – Alexa
Ambika is a Senior Product Manager on the Alexa team. Ambika joined Amazon nearly 3 years ago and works on new Alexa devices and experiences. She currently leads exciting new consumer features like Amazon’s Multi-room music. Prior to joining Amazon, Ambika spent over 15 years working as a software tech lead, senior product manager and an entrepreneur at various consumer and networking companies (Airvana, 2Wire/Arris, Kidsenz). Ambika earned her Master’s in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University. Outside of work she enjoys hikes, travel and Bollywood dance.

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About Amazon:

Amazon Lab126 is an inventive San Francisco Bay Area research and development team that designs and engineers high-profile consumer electronic devices. We engineer devices like Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers, Amazon Fire TV, and Amazon Echo. As the Amazon devices team, we deliver instant access to everything—digital or physical—from anywhere, via delightfully unique Amazon experiences that make life easier and more fun.

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets go onsale on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 on Eventbrite.

Girl Geek X Criteo Dinner – February 20th, 2018 in Palo Alto!

Girl Geek X Criteo Dinner

You are invited to Girl Geek X Criteo Dinner on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 at Criteo’s office in Palo Alto! Join us for a night full of insightful talks from our women in tech, yummy food and cool swag.

Criteo girl geeks speaking at the dinner include VP / Head of Research Suju Rajan, Senior Software Engineers Yanfei Wang and Shilpa Shukla, Product Manager Zoé Durand, and Product Data Analyst Youngjin Heo.

About Criteo:

Criteo is a global technology company that enables brands and retailers to connect more shoppers to the things they need and love. We’ve built the Criteo Commerce Marketing Ecosystem: an open, secure, transparent, and fair environment where retailers, brands, and publishers collaborate to put data into action at every point of the purchase journey. Machine learning, big data, a global network, and scalable solutions. Our technology stack is purpose-built for success!

Agenda:

6:00pm – 7:00pm: Check-in & Heavy Appetizers
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Welcome & Lightening Talks
8:00pm – 9:00pm: Dessert & Networking

Criteo Girl Geek Speaker Bios:

Suju RajanSuju Rajan, VP Research
Suju is VP of Research at Criteo. At Criteo, her team works on all aspects of performance driven computational advertising, including, real-time bidding, large-scale recommendation systems, auction theory, reinforcement learning, online experimentation, metrics and scalable optimization methods. Prior to Criteo, she was the Director of the Personalization Sciences at Yahoo Research where her team worked on personalized recommendations for several Yahoo products. She received her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin.

Talk Topic: “Machine Learning for Computational Advertising” by Suju Rajan
Talk Description: “Machine learning literature on computational advertising typically tends to focus on the simplistic CTR prediction problem which while being relevant is the tip of the iceberg in terms of the research challenges in the field. There have been several recent efforts, shaped by the realities of a complex ad ecosystem, to develop models that try to better encapsulate the journey of an ad from its impression to possibly leading to a purchase. In this talk, we will highlight the recent research challenges in the field of computational advertising & how it is evolving to incorporate ideas from areas such as reinforcement learning, econometrics, deep learning & large-scale recommender systems.”

Yanfei WangYanfei Wang, Senior Software Engineer
Yanfei joined Criteo 8 months ago as a Senior Software Engineer. Prior to joining Criteo, she worked on Real Time Bidding Platform buying ads inventory for advertisers from publishers around the world as a Senior Software Engineer at Turn. Yanfei is working on a project that brings offline sales data from retailers, and is building insight with the given data to help retailers reach their customers more efficiently. Prior to her current project, Yanfei owned the data pipeline which built insights and dashboards for internal Analytics given big data in HDFS. Yanfei holds a Master in Computer Science from Iowa State University. Outside of work, she enjoys time with her husband and two young daughters, doing garden work and trying new recipes in the kitchen.

Talk Topic: “Criteo Dynamic Retargeting” by Yanfei Wang
Talk Description: “In this talk, I will cover the high level workflow of Criteo Dynamic Retargeting. Potential prospects visit retailers’ websites, search some products and then leave without making any further action. Criteo Dynamic Retargeting show the potential prospects personalized ads when he/she visit other publisher websites online. Powered by both online and offline data of the prospects, Criteo Dynamic Retargeting delivers the right ad at the right moment in the shopper journey, and help retailers grow their customer base.”

Youngjin HeoYoungjin Heo, Product Data Analyst
Youngjin is a Product Data Analyst in Criteo Sponsored Product, which enable brands to leverage targeting to reach intent shoppers across devices. As a Product Data Analyst, Youngjin focuses on analyze product data in order to deliver product insights to internal clients and support them to build a vision of our product. After studying statistics at the University of Michigan, Youngjin uses analytical thoughts and skills to analyze the big data from e-commerce.

Talk Topic: “Day in the Life of a Criteo Product Data Analyst” by Youngjin Heo
Talk Description: “E-commerce market generates a tons of data day-to-day and therefore, the person who finds insightful information in the big data is essential. This talk will give an overview of what a Product Data Analyst at Criteo is, what PDA do, and what kinds of super fun projects that PDA work on at Criteo.”

Shilpa ShuklaShilpa Shukla, Senior Software Engineer
Shilpa is a Senior Software Engineer at Criteo where she uses Apache Spark, Scala and Python to build the data pipeline for Criteo Business Solutions. In her role as a data engineer, she works on the big data platform that processes multiple terabytes of user behavior logs per day. She has worked on ingesting and transforming this data into data models for efficient consumption by BI, Analytics, Machine Learning and other teams. Currently, she is working on re-writing the Attribution module that connects user activity data, such as clicks and impressions, with order confirmations to measure retailer’s ROI. Before Criteo she was a Data Analyst at ITHAKA/JSTOR. She has a master’s degree in Information Science from University of Michigan’s School of Information with a specialization in information analysis and retrieval.

Talk Topic: “Data Engineering at Criteo Business Solutions” by Shilpa Shukla
Talk Description: “Data Engineering roles could mean different things at different companies based on the type of data pipeline and infrastructure. In this talk I will give an overview of what we do and what our technology stack looks like. Last but not the least, I will point out some super fun aspects of our jobs.”

Zoé DurandZoé Durand, Product Manager
Zoé is a Product Manager on the Engine team for Sponsored Products, focusing on the optimization and automation of bidding strategies for clients. She is currently spending most of her time on a project aiming to change the internal auction mechanisms for allocating ad slots to products, and the way the bids are computed to achieve brands’ targets. Before that, she worked in Paris in another team also as Product Manager and as an Analyst, and before that she was in university in France studying applied mathematics.

Talk Topic: “Revamping the Marketplace and Internal Auction for Criteo Sponsored Products” by Zoé Durand
Talk Description: “Criteo Sponsored Products shows sponsored brand products on retailer websites. Placements are usually multi-slot, and filtered eligible products then go through an internal auction to rank products according to their bids. In this talk, I will present how we changed the design of the Criteo Sponsored Products marketplace and internal auction to account for our ecosystem specificities.”

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